Letter from Mary Emerson to Anna Q. T. Parsons
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Rec’d Sept 14th 1847 18. Mary Emerson Lowell Sept 8th 1847 My Dear Miss Parsons: As you truly say, “strong bonds have been formed by our little _Unions,_ if no other good has been accomplished.” Although I have never seen your face, and perhaps I never may, yet, my spirit learned to look upon thy spirit face and love it too. I rejoice that a few isolated links in the great chain of Order have been drawn together, but the eye of Hope and Faith, looks on through the opening vista, to the ~~coming~~ time when links shall meet link, until the great chain shall be complete, that must encircle the whole universe of God, and bind His children in one common tie of brotherhood. “We may not live to see the day,” “But earth shall glisten in the ray,” “Of the good time coming.” And shall we not watch it’s progress, although we may have taken the second great step in existence, or, in other words died? Do you not think the spirit takes cognisance of the things of time? Why, it seems to me that I could not die, that I should cling to life with a tenacity that even death itself could not conquer, if I thought I should not allowed to hover near, and watch over those whom I had loved and cherished, as my own life. Call it fancy if you please, but there is something within which tells me that as the spirit is immortal, so shall it be cognisant. [sic] I regard To the statues of Factory labors of which you speak, I shall not be able to give you a very systematic account this time. The editor of the ‘Voice’ [page break] intends gathering them as fast as possible, for publication. They shal [sic] be forwarded to you as soon as they are prepared. I have an utter aversion, too much so I know, to gathering facts connected with labor. I am weary, heartsick of aggression, monopoly and wrong I like to forget it all, and linger around the few green spots, and cull the varying wild flowers that spring around the pathway of life. The portion of labor assigned each girl, is not as far as the mere labor is concerned, in some portions, very toilsome; the weaving, and some other portions are so. It is the close confinement, long hours, and impure air, that robs the cheek of its rose, and the frame of its elasticity, and imparts a languidness, and inactivity, which renders the operative almost unfit for mental or phisical [sic] exertion after the hours of labor. But notwithstanding all there [sic] evils I think it the easiest way a female, dependant upon her own exertions can obtain a living: neither do I think there are more, nor as may [sic] evils connected with that as with the system of domestic drudgery. I think the cause has been much retarded, (unintentionally, no doubt, in many cases,) by the ~~ exagge ~~ _surplus facts_ given to the public by lecturers I have heard them relate many _facts,_ as they termed them, and mourn over the unhappy fate of the subjects, of which I, with nearly one half my years spent in a manufacturing city knew not of, or rather knew did not exist. Every victim of the present false system of society knows there are plenty of evils without imagining any. Every system of labor suffers, every one is obliged to suffer. Your plan in regard to raising fund meets my approbation perfectly, and also that of all the members of our “Union” who have expressed an opinion. I hope we shall be able to do something. I think the [page break] prospects of our society are better than they have been for some time past. Like your own, we have been scattered during the hot season, we are somewhat gathered again. We have taken some steps towards forming a class, that we may gain a more intimate knowledge of _ scientific Association._ We intend in future to count ~~at~~ on strength, and not numbers, We have with us (permanently we hope) some [truthful?] friends of Association, who have been for sometime absent, on whom we depend much for our future success. Shall we not hear from you soon? The members of our Union heartily reciprocate the kind greeting of yours, and beg to hear from you often Yours in hope of a bright future Mary Emerson. P.S. Please direct me at 21 Central Street. [page break] [addressed to] Paid [stamped] PAID Sep 5 Miss Anna L. T. Parsons Lenox Mass ~~Boston Mass~~ ~~care of Fred S. Cabot~~
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